McLouth’s annual Threshing Bee will celebrate its 56th Year Sept. 20-22. Admission is free. There will be plenty of events to appeal to the whole family. The McLouth Threshing Bee helps to keep alive the art of planting, harvesting, threshing and storing of grain forage crops, along with the domestic arts; and the tools, implements, instruments and machinery showing the culture of pioneer days. The educational and historical exhibits and displays are illustrated through reenactments with the working machinery. We are proud to have the Caterpillar as the feature tractor of the 2013 Threshing Bee. This year will be an extra special event — a working weekend where the Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club and the Historical Construction Equipment Association will demonstrate their equipment. You won’t want to miss seeing these machines in action.
All three days feature these events and attractions.
Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Steam threshing at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Saw mill will be running throughout the day; Rock grinder; Antique car and truck show; Flea market; Activities for the kids; Earth moving demonstration and Cat Club work weekend.
The annual benefit tractor ride for the Jefferson County Historical Society and the McLouth Threshing Bee will be Sept. 21. Antique and classic tractors of all makes and models will line up and parade approximately 30 miles through northeast Kansas, including the cities of Oskaloosa and McLouth.
An “old time threshers meal” at historic Old Jefferson Town will be served by members of the Jefferson County Historical Society and the Jefferson County Petticoat Council in their vintage apparel. After lunch, the drivers will return to McLouth and tour Union Street, ending their journey at the Threshing Bee grounds.
The Threshing Bee Association invites all tractor drivers with their tractors to come a day early and stay until Sunday to display their tractors at the Threshing Bee.
Drivers will pay a $30 registration fee of and are encouraged to bring additional donations for the benefit organizations. A special thank-you gift will be rewarded to the driver collecting the most donations. Mid-ride refreshments, complimentary lunch and T-shirts will be provided. Additional meal tickets ($8) and T-shirts ($12) are available. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Rides start at 9 a.m.
For more information, please call Charles Luse: 913-774-2759 or visit www.mclouththreshingbee.com.
Other events on Sept. 21 include the Parade of Power at 11 a.m. on the track; Antique and classic tractor pull at noon; and the kids (ages 3 - 12) pedal tractor pull at 5 p.m.
On Sept. 22, in addition to all daily events, the garden tractor pull will begin at 1 p.m. on the track.
McLouth should be buzzing with yard sales during Threshing Bee weekend, Sept. 19-21.
— Please submit McLouth community information, announcements and upcoming events to Beverly Muzzy: firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-796-6935.